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The North East was the engine of the world. It powered the planet with its coal, but transported it with its ships.

 

Though the docks are filled in, the collective memory of the hard graft and creaking hulls live on. 

Scroll down to discover the famous shipyards which fuelled the growth of this great region.

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Tyne

Swan Hunter (Tyne Pontoons & Dry Dock Co)

Wallsend

Wallsend

Wigham, Richardson and Co. Ltd., Tyne Pontoons and Dry Docks Co. Ltd., Swan Hunter

Updated:

9 Jul 2024

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Tyne

Swan Hunter (Schlesinger Davis) Shipyard

Wallsend

Wallsend

Schlesinger, Davis & Co. (1865 - 1893), Swan Hunter (1897 - 2007)

Updated:

9 Jul 2024

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Tyne

Neptune Yard

Walker

Walker

John Wigham Richardson Ltd. (1861 - 1903), Swan Hunter & Wigham Richardson Ltd. (1903 - 1963), Swan Hunter Ltd. (-1986)

Updated:

7 Jul 2024

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Wear

Edward Brown's Shipyard

Sunderland

North Hylton

Edward Brown

Updated:

6 Jul 2024

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Wear

Pallion, Briggs Shipyard

Sunderland

Pallion

James Briggs

Updated:

19 Jun 2024

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Wear

North Dock, Blumer Shipyard

Sunderland

Monkwearmouth

George Booth, John Blakelock, John Blumer & Co. Ltd., Robert Pace, Colonel Arthur Robson

Updated:

19 Jun 2024

SUN013

Wear

North Shore, Bell's Shipyard

Sunderland

Monkwearmouth

James Bell

Updated:

7 Jun 2024

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Tyne

Low Walker Shipyard

Newcastle

Walker

Charles Mitchell & Co. (1853 - 1882), Sir W G Armstrong, Mitchell & Co. Ltd. (1882 - 1897), Armstrong, Whitworth & Co Ltd. (1897 - 1931)

Updated:

28 May 2024

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Wear

North Sand Point Shipyard

Sunderland

Monkwearmouth

David Baxter

Updated:

28 May 2024

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Wear

Bartram & Sons, South Dock Shipyard

Sunderland

Sunderland

Robert Appleby Bartram, George Haswell (Bartram, Haswell & Co.), George Bartram, William Bartram (Bartram & Sons), Austin and Pickersgill (A&P)

Updated:

23 May 2024

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Tyne

Headlam's Shipyard

Gateshead

South Shore

Headlam & Co.

Updated:

15 May 2024

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Tyne

North Shore, Shipyard

Newcastle

North Shore

William Carrs (Carse)

Updated:

15 May 2024

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Background photo: Readhead's Shipyard c1960 by Ronald Sanderson, copyright free from Tyne and Wear Archives

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